Elise Thatcher

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Elise Thatcher is a reporter with Aspen Public Radio since 2013. 

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Sports
11:24 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Backcountry Skiing & Boarding: The Future of Snowsports?

The future? SnowSports Industries America Snow Show, 2014.
Credit Andrew M. Israel

The next big thing in skiing and snowboarding is already here. At least, that’s according to the heavy hitters in the snow sports industry, which held its annual conference this last weekend in Denver. Aspen blogger Andrew M. Israel was there to take it all in. He writes the AspenSpin.com, and occasionally for aspenpublicradio.org. Israel says one of the best moments doesn’t really have much to do with snow: "Always one of my favorites is waffles on a stick, at the Vans booth. 

 

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Mountain Edition
3:29 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Mountain Edition - February 6th, 2014

Aspen and other parts of the Upper Valley are still digging out from last week’s historic snowstorm and there’s more powder in the forecast.

And all that snowpack is good news for farmers and ranchers in the Roaring Fork Valley.

The Aspen community continues to grapple with the recent loss of a beloved newspaper editor. We take a look at how hard it can be to prevent suicide.

On a lighter note, soon it’ll be much easier to speed through security at Aspen’s airport, a Catholic monk in Old Snowmass is featured in a new movie and the Olympic Games have kicked off in Sochi… we’ll talk with an Aspen athlete who’s settling in and getting ready to compete. We’ll also hear the latest on security concerns at the games in Russia.

APR Local News
10:28 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Snowy Forecast Brings Smiles, Plans, Worries

Brazilian citizens Paulo and Lenita Cardoso, enjoying a day at Buttermilk.
Elise Thatcher

Aspen Skiing Company says its four mountains have gotten fifteen feet of snow this winter, only halfway through the ski and snowboard season. A big contributor was a storm that dumped a historic amount of white gold in Aspen last week. Now, more winter weather is in the works, with two feet in the forecast for the next several days. There are mixed reactions from locals and tourists. 

 

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APR Local News
12:41 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Artifacts Sometimes of Interest to Aspen Historical Society

Credit Elise Thatcher

If you find something really, really old, the Aspen Historical Society might be interested in taking a look at it. But they’ll only come knocking in certain cases. 

 

This came up after the recent news of an old watch found on Pearl Pass, south of Aspen. Lisa Hancock is Curator of Collections with the Aspen Historical Society. She says if something like that pops up in the news or by word of mouth, the first question that comes to her mind is… who owns the land where the artifact was found?

 

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APR Local News
7:21 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

State Investigating Why Health Care So Expensive in Pitkin, Nearby Counties

Commissioner Marguerite Salazar, Colorado Division of Insurance.
Credit http://justforthehealthofit9hf.blogspot.com/

    

Following complaints from customers and local officials about the high premiums for health care in resort mountain communities, state officials now say they will look into why health care prices are so high in Pitkin, Eagle and Garfield counties. The Colorado Division of Insurance announced Monday, February 3rd it’s launching a study to get to the bottom of that big question… despite the announcement, they don’t plan to lower premiums soon.

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